No favours for Turkey, says Albania coach Briegel

October 11, 2005

TIRANA, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Albania coach Hans-Peter Briegel has re-assured his Danish counterpart that his side will be playing for victory in their final Group Two World Cup qualifier against Turkey on Wednesday.

Morten Olsen's third-placed Denmark side need to win in Kazahkstan and hope Turkey fail to do the same in Tirana if they are to squeeze into the playoffs.

Ukraine, who were held to a 2-2 draw by Albania on Saturday, have qualified for next year's finals as group winners.

Albania have already reached their best points tally in a qualifying campaign with 13 from 11 matches, although they have nothing to play for but pride in their final game.

'We will be playing for Albania,' Briegel said. 'Albania is not going to make any concessions and will fight to win to please its fans in the last match.

'These are all speculations,' added Briegel, reacting to suggestions that Albania could help either Turkey or Denmark.

'It is normal the Danes hope we win because this will help their qualification but we shall play our game without thinking whom it will benefit.'

Turkey beat Albania 2-0 in Istanbul but coach Fatih Terim is expecting a tough game on a sub-standard pitch in the Qemal Stafa stadium.

'Albania showed what a good team they are in Ukraine but our only chance to qualify is a victory and we shall get it,' Terim told reporters in Tirana.